GEORGE TOWN — Hundreds of fans have protested Zairil Khir Johari’s appointment today as Penang FA (FAP) president.
Fans came with banners and placards calling for the team’s dignity to be saved and for him to resign.
“Three matches in and we have lost all of them. What’s worse, we have not even scored a goal,” said Ultras Penang Fan Club representative Zamzuri Ibrahim, 30, in front of Penang Institute, Jalan Brown where FAP held an extraordinary general meeting yesterday.
“We are puzzled by (coach) Ashley Westwood’s tactics of playing players in wrong positions.”
The fans made loud noise calling for Zairil to come out and face the fans but vice-president Datuk Gary Nair did his best to calm things down.
He then allowed Zamzuri and a few others to have closed door meeting with Zairil.
Zairil was elected unpposed to replace Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff Mushir Ariff, who stepped down last month.
“I do understand the displeasure of the fans but just like in politics, we cannot please everyone,” said Zairil. “We are a young team and I have my long term target to develop the club as a whole.”
L. Katherisan will take over as manager, replacing Zairil with immediate effect.
— By Mohamed Basyir